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Celebrant for August 22 & 23 is Father Larry Tharp

posted Aug 20, 2015, 6:58 AM by Kathy Middendorf

Seminary Class Resumes

I will be teaching again this fall semester at the Athenaeum (Mt. St. Mary Seminary) on Tuesday afternoons. Because of my background as financial director for the Archdiocese in the 1980s and 1990s, I teach a very simple but practical course called Pastoral Administration to those about to be ordained.   I realize that my absence from availability at both parishes is an inconvenience for emergency sick calls etc.  but I promise to do my best.


Using my Pager

The easiest and preferred way to call me in an emergency during non-office hours is to leave a message on my emergency line at 858-4210 (choose option 2 “Fr. Tharp for an emergency.”)   The automated system sends me a page immediately that I have an emergency voice mail.

If you wish to page me, that’s fine, but remember that pagers are harder to use.  A number of people have paged me recently and then forgotten to punch in their number at the tone.  They don’t leave a voice message either, so I am left with knowing there is an emergency, but I have no way of knowing who or where.  The pager does not have caller ID.  If you try to use the pager and I do not call you back immediately, please leave the same message on my emergency line 858-4210 (option 2) as this voice mail system is easier for some to understand how to use.


Reflection on Scripture


“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”  By these words, Joshua becomes the heart and soul of what it means to be an Israelite.  He says in effect that faith is not a matter of democracy or an opinion poll.  He tells the Israelites that they can do whatever they want, but that he will remain faithful to the Lord.  He did not wish to compromise or start a diverse study group to monitor the situation.  When it came to the truth, he was absolutely inflexible. 


In the gospel selection for today, Jesus tells the truth and many choose to abandon him.  He looks at his disciples and asks if they want to leave as well?  He puts it on the line.  He will not compromise the truth.  After all, the truth comes from God, not from human opinion.  Do you really expect God to change his mind? 


Relativism says there is no absolute truth; everything depends on circumstance.  If there is no absolute truth, then there is no God.  The purveyors of relativism love to make their opinion the basis of morality and ethics so they can play God.  Some seek to look to social institutions as the source of truth.  In the final analysis, it is no different than the man who carves an idol out of stone and then begins to worship it.  That’s what we do when we put anyone or anything in the place of God.